Window Grids

k9arleneNovember 12, 2010

My house is 10 years old. It has windows with plastic grids. The last couple of years I've noticed a chalky substance on the grids when I run my finger along them. When it rains hard, the chalky substance runs off of the grids and onto my windows. Even when I try to clean the windows, if the rag touches the grids accidently, it smears all over the glass. Does anybody know what this stuff is and how I can get rid of it? Thanks in advance.

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skydawggy

Is this happening on the inside or outside? It sounds like either the grids have paint on them that is oxidizing or bubbling or the vinyl is low grade and is deteriorating. You could try wiping them down really good and then applying more paint.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 2:54PM
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k9arlene

Thanks for the reply. It's happening on the outside. They were never painted, and I had a painter come out to look at them and he said you don't paint plastic. Is this true? If I try to clean them, what do you recommend that I use. It's more than just a light coating of chalky stuff.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 6:01PM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

You can paint plastic if it is properly prepped.

What color?

    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 8:44PM
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k9arlene

They are now white and I was planning to paint them white. How would I prep them for painting? There is a rather thick layer of the chalk.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 11:22AM
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Windows on Washington Ltd

Scuff pad, good washings, and wipe down with a tack cloth.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 4:36PM
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alan_s_thefirst

Kilz or Zin... the one with the bulls-eye next to the kilz cans - both primers are supposed to be ok for plastic.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 12:24AM
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brickeyee

"Kilz or Zin... the one with the bulls-eye next to the kilz cans - both primers are supposed to be ok for plastic."

The problem with painting plastic is getting a primer that is aggressive enough to bond well without being so aggressive that it weakens the plastic long term.

Plain water based products are rarely aggressive enough to bond well.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 10:12AM
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david1948

There is a product that I have used. It comes in a spray can. It is for certain plastics.
Check with you hdw store. It does not need primer. It melts the plastic and fuses the new color paint to the old.
Don't remember the name. It worked well. If memory serves me, the surface needed cleaning with TSP then acetone or MEK.
It might be worth checking into. FWIW Dave

    Bookmark   November 20, 2010 at 7:31PM
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